What about these comments from the real people living in Iraq?
"This election is bogus," Mr. Hazim said. "There is no drinking water in this city. There is no security. Why should I vote?"
...Let me tell you something important," lectured Walid Muhammad, the imam of a major Sunni mosque here. "As long as my country is under occupation, I feel that my vote means nothing."
Here's one blogger actually there and not in the service of the military:
Slice from yesterday:
Saturday, January 22, 2005I probably won't be blogging for a while because I'll be in Amman, Jordan, for the next few days until after the elections. A police officer that I know mentioned something to the effect that movement would be very restricted this week in Baghdad after the Eid.
The interim government had announced that elections day will be a holiday, together with the day before and day after, so there probably won't be any work at all after Eid and until February.
There are rumours circulating that telecommunications and the Internet will be blocked during this period although the government seems to have denied them. Curfews will be imposed at 6 pm according to the police, borders will close and traffic between the governorates will be halted. All in all, it's going to be a tough two weeks.
Will post again as soon as this mess is over.
Are these the chimes of freedom?